Winter Nats: Michael Andrew (200 IM) Among Scratches for Day 2 Finals


The 2017 U.S. Winter Nationals continues tonight in Columbus, Ohio with finals of the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 4×100 medley relay. Among the big scratches for day 2 finals was junior standout Michael Andrew in the 200 IM. In prelims, Andrew took 3rd in the event with his 1:44.27, which would have pitted him against fellow junior star Reece Whitley in the final. However, Andrew also qualified 4th for the 50 free final, and has opted to focus on that race instead. Had he swum both during tonight’s session, he would have been racing in back-to-back events.

With the scratch, Cal’s Jacob Pebley was bumped up from 9th into the championship final. The Bears now have 3 in the final as he’ll join teammates Ryan Murphy and Josh Prenot.

There were only 2 additional scratches for day 2 finals. Matias Koski has opted out of the 500 free after placing 17th in prelims. Koski will instead focus on the 50 free, where he is the 4th seed for finals. After taking 19th this morning, Nick Zito has scratched the 50 free and will focus on the 200 IM where he’s the 7th seed for finals.

2017 U.S. Winter Nationals Day 2 Finals Scratches:

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Unless he’s injured. There should be no excuse for scratching…


He will probably try to win the 50 against Adrian

Tiny Hands

There’s a lot more on the line now for Andrew as he transitions to the Senior level. A national championship with Adrian in the pool would be a huge win for him. His prospects in the 200IM are significantly worse given the big names in that final, so I think his decision makes sense.

crooked donald

Exactly. He beat Adrian for #2 in the 50 LCM this summer, so I’m sure he’d like to prove it wasn’t a fluke. Also bet there’s an endorsement tie-in to a national championship win. Would not be surprised to see him go 18.9 this year, though he’ll probably be more like 19.2.

Gary P

MA went 19.17. You came pretty close to nailing that!

crooked donald

Schooling scratched the 200 IM at the Texas Invite. Can’t wait for MA to beat his 50 free time tonight.

Lauren Neidigh

You’ve made your position on Schooling pretty clear in Texas-related articles, but it seems unnecessary to drag him on every single post (even ones he has nothing to do with). It would be cool if both Andrew and Schooling swam well tonight but there’s no reason to knock one of them based on the other’s performance. They are not competing against each other this weekend and have different focuses throughout the season.

Steve Nolan

Joe Schooling must be mentioned in at least 50% of comment sections. Gotta keep them numbers up, ya know.


Considering they are both tight races and back to back, he is allowed to scratch. Commenters here beat on him for swimming every race at a major meet, now he chooses to scratch one, and you’re still beating on him.


They do that when he implodes on a race and has a concrete piano fall on him at 125m into a 200IM while claiming USRPT is effective for that event and doing more than one race per session. The multiple event sessions he does are mainly 50’s or a 50 and 100, where he usually does well and people acknowledge that. He is a pro swimmer and this is not a big meet for pros, he could have used it as an opportunity to test recovery or see how much raw speed he has after a longer event, like many other pros do


Lochte won the IM/50Fr double. I think it was at the first SC Dec Nats in 2006 or 07

crooked donald

He had absurd range — 50 free to 400 IM. Great short course and long course.

Captain Ahab

Reece Whitley intimidated him

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